An Agenda for Change: A Global Call for Spiritual and Social by Joel Edwards

By Joel Edwards

This can be a compelling tract for our occasions (manifesto) addressed to evangelicals round the English-speaking global from the overall director of the Evangelical Alliance. This umbrella crew represents evangelical Christians within the uk and is a part of the bigger international Evangelical Alliance of 128 nationwide and 7 local alliances together with the nationwide organization of Evangelicals within the united states. Written in an obtainable sort this brief and readable manifesto concerns a prophetic name to aid set the schedule for evangelicals to: * current Christ credibly the twenty first century * Rehabilitate time period 'evangelical' pretty much as good information * have interaction in religious and social transformation The booklet contains dialogue inquiries to let periods, teams, and groups to learn and talk about the contents of the e-book. because the church faces demanding situations and possibilities, this booklet can function a catalyst to maneuver the evangelical church ahead to make a distinction on the earth by means of fostering religious and social transformation.

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Us to fire off urgent But the problem is that beneath press statements rather all this assurance we’re also afraid. than sit down for ponAnd people who are afraid tend to derous, discursive press conferences. talk a lot. We’re afraid of losing truth as we understand it. Often this is not in fact the truth of biblical authority, but the “truth” decided by evangelical sub-cultures which try to claim the right to define what is acceptable and what is not. 2 And we are also afraid of our sacred spaces now being occupied by other faiths.

And even though greater levels of tolerance developed between charismatics and non-charismatics in later years, the two remain uncomfortable bed-fellows. Then came the 1990s and the “Toronto Blessing”, which stretched the uneasy accommodation between the two biblical worldviews to a quiet breaking point. On the whole the charismatics and Pentecostals were accommodating. But the more conservative evangelicals were ill at ease, with some even denouncing it as delusional or demonic. I saw this painfully demonstrated during a consultation in Northern Ireland which was attempting to create greater theological understanding on both sides of the debate.

But if our T CHRIST AMONG THE GODS 29 liberal democracy has any legitimacy, then our right to say that “Jesus is Lord” should be undiminished. Others may disagree with us, but in order for pluralism to make sense, we should be allowed to say what we believe. Christian faith must now put liberalism, freedom of speech and religious liberty to the test; we must ask the twenty-first century for the right to say what we believe – so long as we refuse to denigrate another person’s right to believe something else.

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